bombastic

adjective
bom·​bas·​tic | \bäm-ˈba-stik \

Definition of bombastic 

: marked by or given to speech or writing that is given exaggerated importance by artificial or empty means : marked by or given to bombast : pompous, overblown

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Other Words from bombastic

bombastically \bäm-​ˈba-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Examples of bombastic in a Sentence

a bombastic speech intended to impress the voters in her congressional district

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Parked under some escalators was a Karlmann King, bombastic multimillion-dollar SUV based on a Ford F550 and rocking stealth-fighter styling. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Car Shows Used to Be Amazing—And They Might Be Again," 5 Dec. 2018 Trafficking in bombastic manufactured outrage, it's politics that pretends to be brave and tough, but in fact is born of fear. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Barack Obama's Speech at John McCain's Funeral," 1 Sep. 2018 Leo is a fire sign known for its bombastic spirit and signature flamboyance. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Your 2018 Guide to Surviving Mercury Retrograde," 26 July 2018 That’s a nondescript way to describe a spectacle — headlined by major stars including The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar — that WWE would usually blitz fans with bombastic hype to promote. Dan Gelston, The Seattle Times, "WWE sticks with Saudi Arabia deal despite backlash from fans," 30 Oct. 2018 The major music critics of the 1970s and 1980s were skeptical about Queen, dismissing the band as bombastic and haughty, antithetical to rock’s earthy working-class roots. Noel Murray, The Verge, "For the real Bohemian Rhapsody, stream the best recorded Queen concert this weekend," 2 Nov. 2018 While Stewart most closely resembles Trump in his bombastic style, all three GOP candidates support the president. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "Virginia voters go to the polls to nominate Rep. Comstock challenger, GOP Senate hopeful," 12 June 2018 On the track, the Camaro is defiantly loud and bombastic, but on the street, the exhaust quiets down, the magnetic suspension softens up, and the prospect of a 1,000-mile road trip sounds reasonable. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Great American Tuner Shoot-Out," 3 Aug. 2016 However, Anthony Scaramucci, who served as communications director for 11 days last summer, had a bombastic and public persona. Josh Dawsey, chicagotribune.com, "President Trump in talks with former Fox News executive Bill Shine about joining White House," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of bombastic

1660, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bombastic

bombast + -ic entry 1

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